An Imperfect Pickled Carrot Salad


Itโ€™s reported that between 30 - 50% of carrot crops never leave the farm gate simply because they can look a little wild and extra curvy. They are still packed full of flavour and perfect for making great salads.Macerating (or fast pickling) is a great new way to enjoy them and trending with the foodies. Try making this deliciously imperfect salad at home. Scroll to the bottom to watch the creator Alex Kearns of the Glebe Point Diner make the salad.


    • 250g imperfect carrots
    • 1 tbsp sugar
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 bunch mint
    • 1 bunch dill
    • Goatโ€™s fetta
    • Handful of walnuts
    • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
    • Olive oil


    1. Select an assortment of curly misshapen carrots. Peel and slice lengthwise to make them about the same size. Any small carrots can be used whole. Place carrots, sugar and salt in a bowl and mix. Allow to sit for 30 mins. Taste the carrot juice and if it is too sweet or salty rinse under water.
    2. Toast walnuts in a hot dry pan for about 5mins. Then set aside to cool.
    3. Combine carrots and herbs in a bowl, drizzle over vinegar and lots of olive oil. Top with crushed walnuts and goats cheese and your ready to eat. Serves 4.

    Recipe by Alex Kearns.

    Ingredients for An Imperfect Pickled Carrot Salad

    Fresh Herbs Dill Bunch

    $4.99 ea

    CSR Brown Sugar 500g

    $2.25 ea

    Golden Shore White Sugar 1kg

    $1.99 ea

    Maggie Beer Red Wine Vinegar 375ml

    $10.99 ea

    Fresh Herbs Mint Bunch

    $3.99 ea

    Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil 500ml

    $11.69 ea

    Chef's Choice Himalayan Pink Fine Salt 300g

    $4.99 ea